My Digital Footprint

In a reflective week of EDTS 325 (Educational Technology in the Classroom), we discussed Digital Citizenship and our own Digital Footprints, most importantly as educators.

I am pleased with my Digital Footprint. If you look up my name, Jordan Vos, there is not a lot that appears, that is because I am a private person and do not share much personally. Jordan Vos is also a common name, and there are other Jordan Vos people out there with much more than myself.

Want to get to know me? Spend a day with me in person. My typical week will involve feeding animals (cows, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, donkeys, cats, and dogs), fishing on the lake, going on a hike in Cypress Hills or exploring the ranch. I also enjoy playing and singing music, being involved in 4-H activities and doing volunteer service at the homes for the elderly. I spend a lot of time with my four younger siblings in whatever adventures and projects they are doing. In my spare time, I also read novels and try new recipes. I enjoy the digital aspects I have learned in EDTS 325 and will use many of these new skills, but I am still happiest being outdoors and less connected to the World Wide Web.

When looking for a career, I want my employers to see my investment in the community and my personal passions. Especially as a teacher, I feel these values are incredibly important. These beliefs stem from my 4-H experience.

If my future students or their parents wish to know more about me, they are more than welcome to Google my name. I have nothing to hide, but I look forward to getting to know them firsthand.

I would not “friend” any students or their parents on Facebook until they were graduated, and that is a professional boundary. This is not because I have anything to hide, but because it could be interpreted by an outside source as an inappropriate relationship. I constantly monitor what I put on my Facebook, and ensure that it presents me as a future teacher. I ask myself, “Would I want my future students to see this? Would I want their parents to see this? Could anyone interpret this in an unprofessional manner?” and these questions guide my posts and comments. As I make posts or comments on social media, I make sure it is something my parents and grandparents would be happy to see and read.

What Next?

The next goal for my Digital Footprint is to grow my professional teaching profile online. I will do this by:

  • Adding teaching ideas to my digital portfolio
  • Continuing  blogging
  • Extending my Personal Learning Network
  • Working at public school events as a volunteer
  • Being an active volunteer in my community
  • Using any opportunity I can to connect my teaching goals with my hobbies and extracurricular activities
  • Being a digital role model by posting only kind and supportive words anytime I am online

The Burning Question:

“What social media are you on, and what does it say about you?”

This is a predicted question my employers will ask me. I am on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and I have a blog as a teacher with WordPress.

  1. Facebook
    • My Facebook shows my love for my family, my passion for music, and my activity with 4-H. I live a rural lifestyle and my posts reflect that. My profile shows off my achievements and connects me with people I have met through 4-H, college, school, and music.
  2. Twitter
    • My Twitter profile is specially tailored for growing my Personal Learning Network as a teacher. I look for classroom ideas and connect with other teachers and education professionals.
  3. Pinterest
    • Pinterest is where I store ideas for my future classroom. These include a diverse array of topics and subjects, such as English Language Arts, Shop, Math, Social Studies/History, Music, and anything else that piques my interest in regards to teaching.
  4. WordPress Teacher Blog: Pragmatic Paradigm
    • Yes, this blog right here! This blog showcases my hands-on teaching and learning style and connects it with what I am learning as a pre-service teacher. It sets me apart because I have a focus on my own skills when I learn a new skill and connect it to my talents.

Final Thoughts

Teachers are in a profession that will always be in the spotlight and must be cautious to remain professional. A Digital Footprint is permanent, so we must always ask ourselves, “Would I be proud of this if my students saw it? Would I want my parents or grandparents seeing this? By making this comment or post, am I kind, informative, supportive, and/or positive?” If I answer “Yes” to all of those questions, I feel I am within professional boundaries I have set. If I answer “No” to any of those questions, then I do not need to comment or post.

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